Manchester United’s apparent strategy of trailing Manchester City and targeting the same players continues, with Jose Mourinho attempting to hijack Pep Guardiola’s attempts to sign Napoli ace Jorginho, according to both the Mirror and Daily Star.
Jorginho, 26, is reportedly City’s number one target to replace Yaya Touré in the summer with talks recently held in Manchester between his agent Joao Santos and City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain.
Manchester United now also want the pass-master it is reported and want to repeat their feat with Alexis Sanchez by offering more money than City to acquire the player from Napoli.
United also followed City in wanting Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, who has now dropped down City’s list of targets, although the loser of the battle for Jorginho may opt to sign the Brazilian midfielder. City also have Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl on their shortlist of midfield targets.
City will remain confident of winning this battle in light of what Jorginho said about his preferred style of football – a description that matches Manchester City’s style of play than the more conservative approach of Mourinho’s Manchester United.
“I think that I could fit (in the Premier League),” he told reporters earlier this year. “It depends on who else is around me – I need players with the same characteristics that I have.
“There are English teams with this style of play, ball on the ground, quick transitions, high pressure.
“If one of those teams wanted me, I could fit and the other way round. My football way is not an usual one.”
City are more advanced in their attempts to sign Jorginho, with outline talks already held with his representatives, but now face the threat of Manchester United and their recent willingness to pay bigger wages than their cross-city rivals.
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